COVID Calculator wants to boost child vaccination

A calculator created to promote COVID-19 vaccination coverage among Australians has been updated to include up-to-date information on childhood vaccines to increase child vaccination.

The COVID-19 Risk Calculator (CoRiCal) was launched by the Immunization Coalition and consists of a team of general practitioners, medical scientists, public health physicians, epidemiologists and statisticians to estimate the risk of people getting infected with COVID-19. Created for you to check. Various transmission scenarios.

According to Kirsty Short, a virologist at the University of Queensland and one of the tool’s principal investigators, users access the tool and enter their age, gender, community-acquired infection, and vaccination status to create a personalized You can check the risk calculation.

“For example, you can compare your chances of contracting COVID-19 to your chances of dying from the disease,” said Short.

“We can also look at the potential for atypical thrombosis from AstraZeneca vaccines and compare this data with other relevant risks, such as lightning strikes and Oz lottery wins.”

Short said the new update will allow parents to collect the same information and apply it to their child’s situation.

“One of the main challenges for parents and clinicians is the lack of access to the latest evidence on the risks and benefits of immunizations, or prevention of childhood illness and death,” she said.

Sinovac Community Vaccination Center dedicated to children and the elderly in Hong Kong
A child wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) enters a community vaccination center administering Covid-19 vaccine from Sinovac Biotech Ltd. to children and the elderly in Hong Kong, China, 23 February 2022. (Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg)

Flinders University Associate Professor John Litt said widespread vaccination against COVID-19 among children was difficult and that low vaccination coverage was a “concern.”

“In particular, vaccination coverage for children aged 5 to 11 is very low, increasing only 10% in the last six months,” said Dr. Litt.

“Anxiety about potential adverse effects, especially with relatively new COVID-19 vaccines, may lead to reluctance to take the first or second dose.”

“Thus, critical decisions are informed by transparent risk-benefit analysis and effective risk communication to increase vaccination coverage among children, especially as winter sets in.”

“We hope our CoRiCal tools for kids provide a steady and reliable flow of information without the risk of misunderstanding or misunderstanding.”

Calculator risk calculator modeling framework Developed and accessible by the University of Queensland School of Public Health and Queensland University of Technology here.

Senators accuse TGA of downplaying COVID-19 vaccine

This comes after Union Senator Gerald Rennick accused him of downplaying the risks associated with COVID-19 vaccines and not telling the truth about the number of adverse events associated with COVID-19 vaccines in children. .

Rennick said a Freedom of Information request by an Australian physician led the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to fail to update its database of adverse events attributed to vaccines in which several deaths, including two in children aged 7 and 9, had been reported. After discovering the

Epoch Times photo
Senator Matt Canavan (R), Liberal Senator Alex Antic (C) and Liberal Senator Gerald Rennick (L) during a press conference at the Houses of Parliament in Canberra, Australia, 21 November 2022. attended. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Sen. Gerald Rennick said regulators are downplaying the risks surrounding COVID-19 vaccines.

“They are definitely downplaying the risk. Given the known links between vaccines and myocarditis, myocarditis and cardiac arrest, they don’t have enough information to rule it out.” Renick told the Epoch Times.

He said he would promote independent oversight of the TGA.

“TGA presents a conflict of interest, and evidence must be examined by a third-party, independent medical practitioner.

But Professor John Skerritt, deputy secretary of the Health Products Regulatory Group, defended the TGA’s decision to recommend the vaccine at a Senate hearing in February.

He said the TGA acknowledged and apologized for the pain and suffering of those seriously injured by the vaccine, but said those reactions were rare.

“I, along with former Minister Hunt, actually apologized on national television. The first death, the first sad death, was a Central Coast woman. It has become a sex report.

“Therefore, we issued a detailed public report on the safety of the vaccine, not only in the media, in which we acknowledged the pain and suffering of those seriously injured, although these conditions are extremely rare. I also emphasized that it is,” he said.

Victoria Kelly-Clark contributed to this report.